‘Asymptomatic spread’ was one of the most subtly destructive claims about the Covid pandemic. It turned seemingly healthy human beings into potential carriers of a deadly viral contagion. It made interventions poorly backed by scientific evidence, like cloth face coverings, seem like common sense practices from a ‘never-can-be-too-safe’ perspective.
But one doctor, Aaron Kheriaty, an M.D. and former Professor at the UCI School of Medicine and Director of the Medical Ethics Program (until the university kicked him out for refusing the ‘vaccination’) has decided to expose how the belief got started. This isn’t to say that asymptomatic spread is impossible. It is merely to show how obscenely weak the evidence for prevalent asymptomatic Covid spread was from the very beginning. Dr. Kheriaty unveiled the thread on Twitter.
“In January 2020, at the very start of the pandemic, the New England Journal of Medicine published a letter that suggesting the possibility that covid could be spread by people who did not show any symptoms of the illness,” Kheriaty writes. “This article was based on a single case report. Germany’s public health agency, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), later spoke with the person mentioned in the case report, who was supposedly the asymptomatic spreader, and she clarified that she did have symptoms encountering the second person mentioned in the article. So, this case report, published in one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals, was a false alarm. But no matter, the myth of asymptomatic spread was born.”
“On June 8, 2020, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced that asymptomatic people could transmit covid,” he continued. “That same day, Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead for the covid pandemic, clarified that people who have covid without any symptoms ‘very rarely’ transmit the disease to others. WHO then backtracked on their original alarmist statement one day later. Weeks later, Kerkhove was pressured by the public health establishment, including Harvard’s Global Health Institute, to backtrack on her statement that asymptomatic spread was very rare, claiming that the jury was still out. Her original claim that asymptomatic spread was not a driver of the pandemic was correct, as is now clear. Given that no respiratory virus in history was known to spread asymptomatically, this should not have surprised anyone.”
“But the damage was already done,” he added. “The media ran with the asymptomatic threat story. The specter of people with no symptoms being potentially dangerous—which never had any scientific basis—turned every fellow citizen into a possible threat to one’s existence.”
“We should notice the complete reversal that this effected in our thinking about health and illness,” he went on. “In the past, a person was assumed to be healthy until proven sick. If one missed work for a prolonged period, one needed a note from a doctor establishing an illness. During covid, the criteria was reversed: we began to assume that people were sick until proven healthy. One needed a negative covid test to return to work.”
“It would be hard to devise a better method than the widespread myth of asymptomatic spread combined with quarantining the healthy to destroy the fabric of society and to divide us,” Kheriaty noted. “People who are afraid of everyone, who are locked down, who are isolated for months behind screens, are easier to control. A society grounded on ‘social distancing’ is a contradiction—it’s a kind of anti-society. Consider what happened to us, consider the human goods we sacrificed to preserve bare life at all costs: friendships, holidays with family, work, visiting the sick and dying, worshipping God, burying the dead.”
Kheriaty also provided this commentary on his Substack column called “Human Flourishing.” He illustrated how far Covid policies went, based in part on the ‘asymptomatic spread’ belief.
How to break the human spirit. pic.twitter.com/aCoNvDhqMu
— Aaron Kheriaty, MD (@akheriaty) December 19, 2021
Steve Kirsch did a rundown of the evidence for asymptomatic Covid spread in late January on his newsletter.
“This is a study (Post-lockdown SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid screening in nearly ten million residents of Wuhan, China) that looked at several hundred asymptomatic people (tested positive for COVID, but had no symptoms),” Kirsch writes. “They looked at 1,174 close contacts of these asymptomatic individuals and could not find ONE CASE of a person getting COVID from the asymptomatic people. It’s difficult to prove a negative, but if you can’t find one case out of nearly 1200 people who were in close contact to asymptomatic individuals, then we can at least conclude that if asymptomatic spread happens at all, it’s extremely rare.”
“There were no positive tests amongst 1,174 close contacts of asymptomatic cases,” the study said.
Kirsch then listed further studies that showed asymptomatic spread was much more rare than public health officials had let on:
- A study on infectivity of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 carriers
- Covid-19: Asymptomatic cases may not be infectious, Wuhan study indicates
- Household Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
The chance of asymptomatic spreading is 0.7% within a household. (And the study below shows that this spreads immunity, not the disease)
- Study finds evidence of lasting immunity after mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 infection
- Wuhan mass screening identifies hundreds of asymptomatic cases, but none were infectious
- Asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19 didn’t occur at all, study of 10 million finds
- Evidence of asymptomatic spread is insufficient to justify mass testing for Covid-19
- CT imaging and clinical course of asymptomatic cases with COVID-19 pneumonia at admission in Wuhan, China
The issue with much of the Covid policies is that they were extreme, universal, and one-size-fits-all. The public health officials did not provide the public with accurate quantification of the actual risks. Now we know why.